NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Chase Johnson, McDonald Army Health Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia, and Spc. Cody Shedd Soldier of the Year, Lyster Army Health Clinic, Fort Rucker, Alabama, bested Soldiers from across region during the competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia."This competition was tough, it was grueling, it was tough, it was long," said Shedd. "There were days when I didn't know if I could go any further, but I just had to keep pushing myself and I got through it and I feel like I can take anything on after this."Best Warrior candidates participated in the physically and mentally challenging series of events consisting of a written test, an Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, a 12-mile road march, and various warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today's operating environment."We always have to be technically proficient, but it's also extremely important as non-commissioned officers to be tactically proficient," said Johnson. "I am enthusiastic about my job and all aspects of it and the warrior part just happens to be the most fun."Both Johnson and Shedd were awarded the Army Commendation Medal for their accomplishments. The two RHC-A winners will represent the region during the Army Medical Command Best Warrior competition this summer at Camp Bullis, Texas.